Alcohol, gambling, and drugs are a huge part of today’s society. We see it in our everyday lives, we see it on TV, we read about it in newspapers. Many of us have been brought up around alcohol and gambling. It is viewed as ‘normal’ behaviour to mark celebrations or commiserations with a drink. It’s viewed as a way to destress and unwind after a stressful time at work. It’s also viewed as ‘normal’ to have a flutter on the horses or back your team by putting on a bet. It’s no wonder that so many people struggle with addiction.
A person with an addiction uses a substance or takes part in an activity because the effects provide a compelling reason to repeat the behaviour despite the damage it is doing to them, their family, their friends, and the relationships they have in their lives.
Addictions – Associated Issues
An addiction to alcohol, gambling or drugs also has an increased likelihood of being accompanied by other mental health conditions such as anxiety or depression. Indeed, the person’s addiction may have been brought on by a trauma they couldn’t face, a relationship breaking down, or the stresses of everyday life. That’s where we can help.
Dealing with the root of your Addictions
At Nightingale Counselling we deal with roots. We are not a rehab, so we will not work with physical symptoms, however, we deal directly with what is causing the addiction. If you are sober and want to look at the reasons why you ended on this path, then Nightingale Counselling is here to help. We will look at the reasons why you have an addiction. What was feeding that urge to use and what you were distracting yourself from in the first place.
At Nightingale Counselling, we want to enable choice. You have a choice to choose a different path. It is difficult and it is hard but there is a different way of being and we can help you on this journey.